We travelled as a group go 3 (my hubby, myself and my mum) in first class from Ooty to Mettupalaiyum. The scenery and the train are incredible and we were really pleased to have pre-booked this as part of our southern India trip.
Be aware that the carriages are old, (but so historic and authentic) and we were in a compartment with two long bench seats that face each other but they are quite comfortable (each bench seats 4 people). We were sat next to each other along one bench, and in hind sight we would have reserved 2 window seats as the centre bench seats have a restricted view out of the carriage - only the windows adjacent to each bench end opens, the central door window doesn't and ours were incredibly water stained and dirty - so hard to see out of.
That said, we had an amazing trip and met some lovely people in our carriage. The highlight was definitely the steam engine taking us from Coonoor onto the terminus.
A great trip and I'd do it again!
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